Byron Bay is the cutest little beach town; a perfect mix of hippie + trendy people and spots. Think Santa Monica x Santa Cruz. There’s definitely something for everyone here. It’s a tiny little town, so once you arrive you won’t really need a car as you can pretty much walk everywhere.
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There’s plenty to do from tons of active things like hikes, water sports, and yoga to plenty of restaurants and bars to try. You cannot leave Byron without doing some shopping. From clothing to home decor, Byron Bay quickly jumped to the top of the shopping & boutiques list from all my travels. I wanted everything I saw.
The food scene was absolutely incredible too. As you may know, Joe and I are all about foodie travel, so finding cities with good restaurants is a priority for us! The food in Byron Bay was so fresh and delicious, with lots of organic, locally grown food at nearly every place. Around every corner you’ll find beautiful (and instagrammable) acai bowl and smoothie spots, and tons of cute breakfast nooks.
Visiting The Farm was definitely a highlight of the trip for me. It’s a working farm with a fabulous restaurant called Three Blue Ducks that serves organic, farm-to-table food! The ambiance is amazing - you can walk around the farm (they offer tours @ 10 am daily and self guided tour instructions), and the drinks & food are served on a cute deck adorned with string lights, overlooking the farm and the live music! The food was FABULOUS! The Farm reminds me so much of Flora Farms in Cabo.
All in all, you won't want to overlook Byron Bay if you’re visiting Australia. It’s about an hour flight from Sydney, near the Gold Coast. You can fly into Gold Coast Airport or Ballina Airport (really cheap flights from Sydney!) I’d recommend setting up an airport transfer beforehand!
My Byron Bay To-Do List
EAT + DRINK
Bayleaf Cafe - A MUST for brekky! A healthy, organic, unique dishes. Hip hop music. Amazing coffee. PSA: there will be a line.
Combi - an adorable cafe with the best açaí bowls in town. I recommend the peanut butter one!
Folk - a cute little organic, plant based corner store & cafe just outside of town that’s quaint, charming and pretty adorable. Very instagrammable.
St. Elmo - definitely a must for dinner. It’s a tapas spot & the food here was fabulous. I recommend getting a reservation!
The Farm at Byron Bay / Three Blue Ducks - Three Blue Ducks is the restaurant at the farm. It’s such a cute spot. You’ll be eating dinner amongst roaming roosters and take a self guided tour around the farm! The animals are so cute and the food and drinks are fabulous!
The Pass Cafe - the perfect tucked away restaurant to grab lunch or a refreshing drink at if you do the lighthouse walk!
Mez Club - AMAZING Mediterranean food & such a fun night scene. Come here for dinner or drinks. The drinks are 💯 too!
Beach Hotel - a fun bar & good spot to go out for drinks!
Cheeky Monkeys - perfect for a fun (& rowdy) night out. We didn’t actually go here but it was recommended by a handful of people.
The walk to the lighthouse - it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s overlooking the ocean the majority of the time. You’ll get to take a photo at the most easterly spot of continental Australia too!
Surf Lessons with Soul Surf School - they’re great! They got me to stand up like a champ!
Tour & visit The Farm (listed above under EAT!)
Get a massage at The Byron (an upscale hotel) & linger around to use their pool & spa facilities. PS: there’s plenty of other cheaper spots right within Byron too!
Take a tour of the Cape Byron Gin Distillery
Hope you enjoy your trip!
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